NuvaRing, a vaginal contraceptive ring approved by the FDA in 2001, may expose users to an unnecessarily high risk of strokes, blood clots and other cardiovascular problems compared to other birth control methods. This increased risk of blood clots and strokes is caused by an ingredient in NuvaRing called Etonogestrel, a form of the progestin desogestrel.

In 2003, two studies concluded that the use of low-estrogen oral contraceptives containing the progestin desogestrel significantly increases the risk of venous thromboembolism, a potentially fatal type of  blood clot compared to low-estrogen birth control pills containing levonorgestrel. Because NuvaRing contains desogestrel, NuvaRing users may be at a similarly high risk of life-threatening blood clots, as well as other serious cardiac side effects, such as strokes.

The risk of blood clots and strokes with NuvaRing increase with age and when certain other health risk factors are present, such as:

  • smoking more than 15 cigarettes a day
  • high blood pressure;
  • high levels of blood cholesterol or fat;
  • diabetes

NuvaRing Blood Clot Symptoms

Because blood clots can lead to strokes and other potentially fatal consequences, they require immediate medical attention. NuvaRing users who experience any of the following blood clot symptoms should contact a doctor immediately:

  • shortness of breath
  • chest pain
  • rapid breathing and/or heart rate
  • leg pain
  • swelling in the legs
  • lightheadedness

Symptoms of Stroke

When a blood clot blocks blood flow to the brain, a stroke may occur. NuvaRing patients who experience any of the follow symptoms of stroke should seek emergency medical attention:

  • sudden numbness or weakness, especially on one side of the body  
  • sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding  
  • sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes  
  • sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination  
  • sudden, severe headache

NuvaRing Blood Clot & Stroke Attorney

If you or a loved one experienced a serious side effect with NuvaRing, such as a blood clot or stroke, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Contact us today for a confidential and free case evaluation from one of our NuvaRing blood clot and stroke lawyers.

Disclaimer: Neither this website nor Bernstein Liebhard LLP is in any way affiliated with NuvaRing or its trademark.  Indeed, as this website makes clear, it is intended to provide information to consumers about their legal rights against the manufacturer of NuvaRing if they have been injured from using the product.

Published November 17, 2011 by